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An Ecuador Adventure

I recently traveled to Cuenca, Ecuador on a cruise ship with my husband, Fred. On the way there, we spent a few days outside of Washington, D.C., two in Huntersville, N.C., and four more in Pompano Beach, Fla., where we left our van in my cousin’s care. I woke very early on the fourth ...

From Bad To Beautiful

On our recent trip to South America, I was blessed to be able speak with Giovanni Cambizaca of Cuenca, Ecuador. Cambizaca was born in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon, in an area where there were just three or four houses and from where it took his parent’s two days to walk to the ...

Operation Carrot Cake

Like many generations before me, I have officially become an outsider to the ways of the world. I feel like my grandmother who complained about hippies, or my mother who, after 10 years, is still learning how to use her iPhone. This is the cycle of life: the older generations become ...

Saying Goodbye Isn’t Easy

The text arrived at 1:06 last Monday morning just as I was wrapping up my shift at The Post-Journal. It was from my wife. “It’s over, honey,” Vicki punched into her iPhone. I knew what she meant. “Coach,” our 10-year-old, 160-pound Great Dane was gone, the victim of what we ...

Life On A Cruise

My husband and I have been making our way to South America. We drove to Pompano Beach, Florida with a few stops along the way. After leaving our van at my cousin’s house, we took an Uber to the cruise port in Miami, where we boarded a 15-day cruise through the Panama Canal. Our ship ...

Hospitality at Sea

My husband and I have just gotten off a cruise ship which took us to South America. As with every trip, we have met people from all walks of life and have had many interesting experiences. I perked up and started asking questions, when I overheard a conversation over breakfast one morning ...

‘Magnificent Nine’ Babies Are Now Adults

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — They don’t remember, of course, but 18 years ago, a group of newborn twins and triplets made big baby news across the nation. Dubbed the “Magnificent Nine,” the three sets of twins and one set of triplets were born in a 24-hour period Jan. 9-10, 2001, at Carle ...

Beautiful Ocean View

My husband and I are on our way to South America, after traveling by our personal vehicle to Pompano Beach, Fla, with stops in Washington, D.C., Charlotte, N.C. and in an Uber to the cruise port in Miami. We have just set sail on a cruise ship, having experienced a few minor glitches on a ...

Grandmother, Grandson Enjoy Cooking Together

RANDOLPH — A return visit to retired teacher Judy Stevens home found her baking an Upside-Down Apple Pie with her grandson, Wesley Sluga, who was home for a break from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. “I enjoy cooking with Grandma,” says the college senior who is studying ...

Trip Begins Long Before Travelers Make It To The Cruise Ship

My husband, Fred Rowland, and I recently took a trip to South America via a cruise ship, a plane, a taxi and other modes of transportation. The plan was to visit his cousin, Noel and his wife Christine in Cuenca, Ecuador. We set out from home in the same Chrysler Town and Country mini-van ...

Genealogical Investigators Conduct An Evening Of Research

Have you ever pondered over your family lineage? Perhaps about the when and where they arrived in North America? The what it was that they did, and the who it was that they were? Locals and members of the Fenton History Center piled in the Fenton’s Research Center for the 11-hour sixth ...

Doing What She Loves

When Meg Lilja’s youngest child went to school in 2005, she began a business using her passion for sewing. “It just kind of took off,” she says. “It’s been a nice business. My favorite thing about it is, it’s so flexible. I can set my own hours.” She makes all things ...

Softly, As I Leave You

A few days ago, my friend Henry died. He was 90 years old, and he’d lived a good, long life. I became acquainted with Henry at karaoke nights at the Village Casino in Bemus Point in Western New York. In those years before we moved to the area, we’d head to Chautauqua Lake from Delaware ...

Simplify Your Life

If you’ve had one of those days, and you find yourself glancing at the clock only to discover that it’s already 5 p.m. (What!?) and dinner is not simmering cheerfully on the stove, then you may feel like you have limited options. Yes, there is the frozen meal or take-out route. And ...

Rural Restaurant

On a recent visit to Warren, my husband and I were looking for a Mom and Pop restaurant where we could have a late evening meal. When I researched on Google, I was surprised to find a rural restaurant located between Warren and Sugar Grove called Ribs n’ Bones Country Bar n’ Grill. I was ...

Woodstove Cooking

Saying Kerry Sweatman loves to cook from scratch is an understatement. Scratch-cooking to her means going back to the basics. Way back. Her favorite method of cooking is on a coal and woodburning stove. Hers happens to be a 1922 wood stove named Grace. The high school English teacher owns not ...

Deck The Halls

Deck The Halls with boughs of history. Christmas has been celebrated in various means and traditions over the years. To find out how varied holiday celebrations in the home have become, The Post-Journal visited the Fenton History Center. At FHC, visitors will find various holiday ...

Royal Reading

Three years ago, a few of us in Jamestown received an unexpected gift in the mail. It was a book sent from a publisher in The Netherlands. Written by Annette van der Zijl, the book was entitled An American Princess, The Many Lives of Allene Tew. We received a copy of the book because we had met ...

Researchers Examining How Dogs Got To Americas

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Your poodle may have a French pedigree, but Siberia played a major role in introducing dogs to the Americas. That’s part of the research conducted at the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, based on dog remains, including two dogs ...

Holiday Dishes

FREWSBURG — A visit to the home of Dawn and Gary Lynn requires crossing a little bridge before traversing a lengthy tree-lined lane. Until recently, the 24 trees were lighted with miniature lights. “Gary decorates outside, with lights, as much as I decorate inside,” says Mrs. Lynn. ...